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NEW MOON - Feb. 16-23

(March 21 to April 19)

Venus and Mars arrive triumphantly in your sign for what is going to be one of the most intense and interesting periods of this year. At work there are still highs and lows, but now is the time to get involved without ifs and buts. In love, it's impossible to ignore the conspiracies of the heart, as this weekend will bring a meeting that takes your breath away. Couples strengthen their intents, but those who doubt are ready to turn a page — perhaps with a secret relationship.

TEMPO: vivace trionfando

(April 20 to May 20)

Recently you haven't felt heard or appreciated for your efforts at work. Considering changing collaborations, business or associates isn't necessarily a bad thing. From this week on, thoughts will start to change into action: New opportunities will arise for a more solid and stable future. In love, couples look for economic support to fulfill a dream. Singles are socialites: Bet everything on a Pisces or Virgo.

TEMPO: andante allargando

(May 21 to June 21)

Your touchiness in recent weeks has put a strain on your relationship. A change at work, for example, a transfer, has often been discussed, sometimes to the point of upsetting the status quo of your couple. From this weekend on — if you haven't dealt a knockout blow to your relationship — you can go back to talking about it. Lonely hearts can also go back to falling in love, especially part-time. At work, the first glimmers of new opportunities appear.

TEMPO: andantino incalzando

(June 22 to July 22)

This New Moon shows you what's in store for you in the future, with some encouraging news or changes prospects in both work and love around Feb. 18-19. But despite these long-term goals, from the weekend on a period of doubt begins, involving a lot of re-thinking and fatigue. There are external factors that will make your path harder and discourage you to take the leap. Patience will be rewarded.

TEMPO: allegretto rallentando

(July 23 to August 22)

Finally, this week will see the long-awaited transformation of Leo. No more complaints, just action: Look at your goals "objectively" and dash toward the new. There will be a harvest of good deals and resolutions both at work and home — but it all depends on how you sow. Accept even the smallest of imperfections. Those in new relationships should think again, especially on Feb. 21 and 22.

TEMPO: presto appassionato

(August 23 to September 22)

Despite the opposition of this New Moon, it's a good time to begin collaborations, partnerships, or new ventures. Sure, everything is difficult — and Feb. 19 is definitely a day you should keep an eye on. Even in love, the heart goes into a period of review. It all depends on how much you have argued, but for some there is the possibility of a breakup. Spring brings new things, especially to singles who are now coming out of hibernation.

TEMPO: lento animato

(September 23 to October 23)

A period of great professional commitments and challenges is beginning. Many of you have already been offered new proposals or positions in work. Your finances and career have to grow and you shouldn't to be snobby about it. Watch out for some economic discontent that may be already rising this weekend. Even in love, commitments are becoming distant, or someone is driving you crazy. What do you want to do?

TEMPO: marcia indemoniata

(October 24 to November 20)

It's a testing period for new couples. Do you go on in this relationship or let it go and make way for new, unexpected and interesting meetings that the New Moon on Feb. 19 brings? Mind you, the stellar situation doesn't lead to anything official or concrete. Not now. Work takes on a busier schedule, but in an environment of strength and recovery.

TEMPO: allegro moderato

(November 21 to December 22)

It must be said: This New Moon falls into an annoying quadrature which can bring about thoughts relating to the home or family. But thanks to the positive thrusts of other planets, there is also the right grit to help you face some mishap without putting brakes in your way. Similarly, even affections need clarification. A critical day is Feb. 19, but by the weekend both dialogue and a solution will come easily. It's the same mood at work: discussion — then looking for a deal.

TEMPO: adagio risolvendo

(December 23 to January 20)

This week, there are two important days for work: Monday can bring confirmations or recognition that get you ahead in a project or new assignment; Thursday is special for agreements, short trips or transfer requests. There is an opportunity for dialogue and clarification, especially with a family member with whom relations have recently cooled. I suggest you do it now, because by the weekend your enthusiasm may lessen. In love, you'll notice a lack of interest or even distance from your partner.

TEMPO: vivace rallentando

(January 21 to February 21)

Jupiter stays in its opposition, but this week there will be opportunities for a raise or a better position. Thoughts become clear again: Objectives are more straightforward, actions more focused and planned. There is a desire to optimize efforts and get rid of things that are a waste of energy — in some cases, getting rid of a partnership that isn't fruitful. There's always some time for love, but singles will be more excited from the weekend on. Passions are fleeting with Leo or Scorpio.

TEMPO: allegretto brillante

(February 22 to March 20)

This New Moon is beautiful in your sign. I would call it a "wild card" — but still, exercise extreme caution! The days around Feb. 19 are determining, both at work and in love. A transfer, a reconciliation, a meeting, or an important project: You will get to make decisions that will affect the next few months. Tiredness persists, even at the mere thought of what's waiting for you, but you should concentrate on your goal.

TEMPO: allegrissimo eroico

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Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023

Before heading to South Sudan to continue his highly anticipated trip to Africa, the pontiff was in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he delivered a powerful speech, in a country where 40 million Catholics live.

Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023
Pierre Haski


PARIS — You may know the famous Joseph Stalin quote: “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?” Pope Francis still has no military divisions to his name, but he uses his voice, and he does so wisely — sometimes speaking up when no one else would dare.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Belgian Congo, a region plundered and martyred, before and after its independence in 1960), Francis has chosen to speak loudly. Congo is a country with 110 million inhabitants, immensely rich in minerals, but populated by poor people and victims of brutal wars.

That land is essential to the planetary ecosystem, and yet for too long, the world has not seen it for its true value.

The words of this 86-year-old pope, who now moves around in a wheelchair, deserve our attention. He undoubtedly said what a billion Africans are thinking: "Hands off the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Hands off Africa! Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered!"

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